UEFA Womens Under-19 Championship 2017
The Irish Football Association has launched the 2017 Finals of the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship which will be played at venues across Northern Ireland; including our own Ballymena Showgrounds.
Eight national teams, including Northern Ireland as hosts, will participate in the prestigious 16-day tournament next summer.
The Irish FA believes hosting such a major youth finals tournament will showcase Northern Ireland at its best, including our football, our facilities, our culture, our history, our fans and our unconditional love of the game.
The UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship will be the first time an international female football tournament of this magnitude has been staged in Northern Ireland and we are delighted to be involved too.
Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Cllr Audrey Wales MBE, attended the launch event.
Pictured from L-R are: Emily Shaw, UEFA, Alfie Wylie, IFA Women Under-19 Manager, and Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Cllr Audrey Wales MBE
The planning for this prestigious tournament is already well under way and we are looking forward to delivering a highly successful championship that will have long-lasting benefits for football across Northern Ireland.
Members of the Northern Ireland Women’s U19 team and National Women’s Coach Alfie Wylie unveiled the tournament mascot, which was designed by Eadie Fallis.
Eadie entered a mascot design competition along with her P7 classmates at Jones Memorial Primary School in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh. Her design was selected from more than 3,500 entries provided by primary school boys and girls across Northern Ireland.
The concept was then brought to life by Rainbow Productions who have delivered sporting mascots for the Olympic Games, FIFA World Cups, UEFA European Championships and a variety of professional clubs across the UK and Europe.
The tournament will take place from 8th-20th August 2017 in venues across Northern Ireland. Qualifying for the tournament begins this October with the official draw for the finals taking place in June 2017.